How Indoor Navigation Tech Can Help A Hospital, Its Patients, and Visitors
It’s quite troublesome when you are in a state of emergency and you have to roam around the different departments in a Hospital to find the one you need to visit. You have to ask around 10 people to tell you the location of the Doctor’s chamber or the medical store. What if you had an app which would have showed you all the locations inside the hospital on a map? You could have easily navigated through the hospital and found out the place you wanted to go, just as you do with the GPS on your phone. Well, needless to say, GPS came as a revolution in the navigation industry. However, you can’t use it in hospitals as GPS can’t function indoors.
Well, IPS can! The Indoor Positioning System (or, Indoor Navigation) is a technology solely designed for indoor use which helps you trace the location of objects and venues inside a closed campus, where GPS obviously would not work. It is a futuristic project which has a lot of scope in the coming days. It can be used in malls, airports, corporate buildings, government offices, and other such places of public concern. In this blog, we will see how beneficial it can be if it is implemented in hospitals. Before moving on to its use and impact in hospitals, let’s first have a look at how it works:
The Working Mechanism:
The mechanism of Indoor navigation is based on wireless networks such as Wi-Fi and Bluetooth. It can either be implemented through the already existing Wi-Fi routers in the campus or through Bluetooth Beacons which need to be installed at the required sites. All the locations are visible on a map which is displayed on the screens of our smartphones. There are dedicated apps for indoor navigation which are provided by the company implementing it. The accuracy of indoor navigation is pretty high, with wifi navigation being able to track down things upto 50-150 meters accurate, while Bluetooth beacons are a step ahead and provide accuracy upto 30 meters.
It can be beneficial for the hospitals in the following ways:
Efficient Use Of Hospital And Staff Resources:
With the kaleidoscopic corridors and halls in a Hospital, it happens so often that even a regular staff faces problems finding a certain place. Keeping yourself focused then becomes a tough ask.
How common a sight it is to see a visitor ask for directions to a chamber, restroom or a medical shop in a hospital? They have to face a lot of problems in finding the place they want to go. Visitors frequently asking directions is not only a problem of their own, it becomes a headache for the staffs as well. Getting interrupted and being asked for certain locations while busy in a given task reduces their peace of mind and hence reduces their efficiency. Indoor Navigation would solve all these problems by helping both the visitors and the staffs find their way.
Improving The Experience:
Nobody visits a hospital for pleasure. There are certain reasons for it that might be small or big. If you are already in an exhausted state of mind and you visit the hospital with an emergency case, you would face a lot more problems in looking for the doctor or finding the restroom. Many of you would have been through such sour experiences where you start feeling frustrated. This is where indoor navigation comes to rescue. It doesn’t lessen your pain, well, none can. However, it reduces the extra burden of asking different people for help. It thus improves the experience of visiting a hospital.
There are certain built-in algorithms in the Indoor navigation applications just like the GPS which predict the shortest route to a specific point. Either you are a doctor or a patient, it would help both the cases. Hospital staffs often face the problem of mistakenly taking the longer route even when they are aware of the location. If they have an app in their smartphone showing the shortest route to a specific location, they would take less time reaching there and helping out the patients in need. In sensitive cases, time matters a lot, and if you are able to reach the spot on time, it would be of great significance.
With indoor navigation, you would not only be able to keep the patients happy but also your staffs contented. If your staffs are working with contentment and your patients are satisfied, what else do you need from your hospital? After all, running a hospital is one of the greatest forms of public service.